Profiles & Bios

28
Jul
2014

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (First Lady 1961-1963/Book Editor)

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jackie-kennedy-onassis.jpgJacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994) was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and served as First Lady during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.

She was later married to Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis  from 1968 until his death in 1975.

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24
Jul
2014

Catherine Destivelle (Mountaineer/First Woman to Climb Eiger's North Face Solo)

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catherine_destivelle.jpgCatherine Monique Suzanne Destivelle (born 24 July 1960) is an Algeria-born French rock climber and mountaineer.

In 1992 she became the first woman to complete a solo ascent of the Eiger's north face. She completed the climb in winter in 15 hours.

Her other notable climbs include the Bonatti Route on the north face of the Matterhorn and the southwest pillar of the Aiguille du Dru (the Bonatti Pillar).

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24
Jul
2014

Rosalind Franklin (Biophysicist/Physicist/Chemist/Biologist)

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rosalind-franklin.jpgRosalind Elsie Franklin (25 July 1920 – 16 April 1958) was a British biophysicist, physicist, chemist, biologist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal and graphite.

Franklin is still best known for her work on the X-ray diffraction images of DNA.

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22
Jul
2014

Stephanie Kwolek (Chemist/Inventor)

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stephanie-kwolek.jpgStephanie Louise Kwolek (born July 31, 1923) is an Polish-American chemist who invented poly-paraphenylene terephtalamide—better known as Kevlar.

She was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of New Kensington, Pennsylvania. Kwolek has won numerous awards for her work in polymer chemistry.

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17
Jul
2014

Angela Merkel (Politician/World Leader)

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angela_merkel_24092007.jpgMerkel is the first female Chancellor of Germany. From 2006 to 2009, Forbes Magazine has named her the most powerful woman in the world.

physical chemist by professional background, Merkel entered politics in the wake of the Revolutions of 1989 and briefly served as the deputy spokesperson for Lothar de Maizière's democratically elected East German government prior to the German reunification.

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17
Jul
2014

Evelyn Glennie (Musician Who Also Happens To Be Deaf)

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evelyn_glennie_2.jpgScottish virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie has been profoundly deaf since she was 12.

She's also Western society's first full-time solo professional percussionist. In fact, Glennie and her talents turn deafness on its ear (excuse the pun). You can see (and hear!), for yourself in the February 2003 TED Talk at the end of this article.

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11
Jul
2014

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (Historian/Author)

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laurel-thatcher-ulrich.jpgPullitzer Prize winner Laurel Ulrich is a historian of early America and the history of women, a university professor at Harvard University.

She is author of the quote: "Well-behaved women rarely make history."

Ulrich's innovative and widely influential approach to history has been described as a tribute to "the silent work of ordinary people."

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06
Jul
2014

Frida Kahlo (Painter)

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frida_kahlo.jpgFrida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954; born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán. Perhaps best known for her self-portraits, Kahlo's work is remembered for its "pain and passion", and its intense, vibrant colors.

Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.

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01
Jul
2014

Diana, Princess of Wales (Royal/Humanitarian/AIDS Campaigner)

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diana-princess-of-wales.jpgDiana, Princess of Wales, (Diana Frances née Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997) was a popular international media icon of the late 20th century as the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, whom she married on 29 July 1981.

The wedding, which was held at St. Paul's Cathedral, was televised and watched by a global audience of over 750 million people. 

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23
Jun
2014

Emma Goldman (Anarchist/Activist/Writer)

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emma-goldman.jpgEmma Goldman (June 27 (NS), 1869 – May 14, 1940) was an anarchist known for her political activism, writing and speeches. She was born in Kovno in the Russian Empire (now Kaunas in Lithuania).

She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the twentieth century.

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23
Jun
2014

Babe Didrikson Zaharias (Golfer/Basketball Player/Athlete)

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babe-didrikson-zaharias.jpgMildred Ella "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias (June 26, 1911 – September 27, 1956) was an American athlete named by the Guinness Book of Records, along with Lottie Dod, as the most versatile female competitor.

She achieved outstanding success in golf, basketball, and track and field. Mildred Ella Didrikson was the sixth of seven children born in the coastal oil city of Port Arthur in southeastern Texas. 

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23
Jun
2014

Sally Priesand (America's First Ordained Female Rabbi)

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sally-priesand.jpgSally Jane Priesand (born June 27, 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio) is America's first ordained female rabbi.

Priesand was ordained in June, 1972, by the Reform Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In perpetuating and expanding the modernizing tradition of the Reform movement, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk  performed her ordination, making her the first woman to be ordained in the United States and believed to be only the second woman ever to be formally ordained in the millennia-long history of Judaism.

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21
Jun
2014

Shirin Ebadi (Lawyer/Human Rights Activist)

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shirin_ebadi.jpgShirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (2003), author of the best-selling book Iran Awakening, human rights activist, women and children’s advocate, mother, Muslim, and amazing woman.

She is one of Iran's best-known, and to some most-controversial, Muslim champions of democracy and human rights.

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17
Jun
2014

Elizabeth Warren (Consumer Advocate)

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elizabeth-warren.jpgElizabeth Warren (born June 22, 1949) is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. She was previously a Harvard Law School professor specializing in bankruptcy law.

Warren is an active consumer protection advocate whose work led to the conception and establishment of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She has written a number of academic and popular works, and is a frequent subject of media interviews regarding the American economy and personal finance.

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17
Jun
2014

Aung San Suu Kyi (Peace Advocate)

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aung-san-suu-kyiAung San Suu Kyi (born 19 June 1945) is a Burmese opposition politician and General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma.

In the 1990 general election, the NLD won 59% of the national votes and 81% (392 of 485) of the seats in Parliament.

She had already been detained under house arrest before the elections.

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